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Hi there Olive Sundays readers,

Apologies no post today but I’ll let you in on a little secret. Here at Olive Sundays we are working on creating a new website that is one hundred times better! Stay tuned for the launch next week. And thanks so much for reading my blog :D

I heart Sundays!

Olives x

Miss Marple’s Tea-room

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Streetview

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Street view

We decided to go on a scenic road trip to Mt Dandenong. Perfect weather for it! We went around the winding roads and found ourselves at Miss Marples, which is a gorgeous cottage style teahouse.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Venue

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Venue

The floral tablecloths, framed black and white photos on the wall, shelved teapots, traditional English lamps, fireplace and 1930’s music playing in the background made you feel like you were taking a step back in time.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Scones w jam & cream

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Scones w jam & cream

Miss Marple’s are well known for their Devonshire scones. Scones and tea is a match made in heaven. The scones were yummy on their own but with a liberal layer of Miss Marple’s homemade raspberry jam and lashings of freshly whipped cream it was heavenly. You can choose the plain scones or the fruit scones or one of each if you can’t decide. They look like tall squares of scone, which are light and fluffy. Gone are the days when each scone was baked individually. They now make a whole tray of scone and cut them into squares. Which is fine by me because they still taste great.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - 'Yorkshire Gold' tea

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – ‘Yorkshire Gold’ tea

The tea was Miss Marple’s own house blend called “Yorkshire Gold,” which was voted ‘best cup of tea in England’ by the British tea council. And it was pretty amazing and yep it went perfectly with my jam and cream scone too.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Miss Marple's Famous fingers (chicken, cheese & pineapple)

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Miss Marple’s Famous fingers (chicken, cheese & pineapple)

We got Miss Marple’s Famous Fingers, which are little open tea sandwiches with different toppings. We got chicken, cheese & pineapple fingers which were delish. It had a generous amount of shredded chicken on each piece, with creamy mayo, topped with grilled cheese and pineapple. Garnished with some alfalfa sprouts. Yum!

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Cottage Pie

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Cottage Pie

The home-style cottage pie is nice and comforting. They have a chicken or beef version. We got the beef cottage pie, which was yummy. It tasted like a homemade cottage pie. The hearty beef mince meat and veg topped with fluffy potato was baked in a mini ceramic casserole dish. And it was served with tomato sauce (didn’t even have to ask).

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Fruit salad

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Fruit salad

My friend got the fruit salad, which was like a healthy version of a sundae, which you can get with cream or ice cream. It was fresh and colourful, and fruity of course.

Miss Marple's Tea-room - Miss Marple's Sundae Best

Miss Marple’s Tea-room – Miss Marple’s Sundae Best

We got Miss Marples “sundae best.” When the sundae came out, our jaws dropped. Oh my. The sundae was mammoth! It’s what a sundae looks like in movies, in cartoons, in my dreams. It was amazing! Masses of vanilla ice-cream and whipped cream topped with chocolate fudge and fresh berry sauce, then sprinkled with roasted flaked almonds and two thin pieces of almond biscotti. I shared it with a friend but the feat was insurmountable. We tried to eat the whole thing but were sadly defeated. It was too massive for the two of us. However it is not unachievable, my friend’s dad can eat the whole sundae on his own even after eating Miss Marple’s fish and chips. Now that is impressive.

It’s very popular and often packed so you might have to wait a little while to be seated. But it’s fine because it gives you time to browse the little shops in the area. The staff are really lovely and make you feel at home. I assured our waitress we would finish our sundae but it was one of those ‘eyes too big for your stomach’ moments. Ah wells. Maybe next time.

I heart Miss Marples Tea-room!

Olives x

Miss Marple’s Tea-room
Address: 382 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras VIC 3787
Phone: 03 9755 1610
Trading Hours: Mon–Fri: 11am – 4pm, Sat-Sun: 11am-4.30pm

 

 

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Cumulus Inc.

Cumulus Inc.

Cumulus Inc.

I have been hearing about this restaurant for years and went there for the first time last week. Everyone who has been there has said nothing but amazing things and I finally got to experience it for myself. Everything I ate was brilliant! This relatively small space is brought to life by the great energy that fills the room. On one length of the room there is a bar with people seated along it and on the other side there is an open kitchen where the chefs are creating the meals. People were seated on round tables in the middle and along the bar and kitchen. It’s a small cozy space with a lot of style. Our waiter politely introduced us to the menu and was thorough in her menu descriptions, which was great.

Cumulus Inc. - Mmm Oysters.

Cumulus Inc. – Mmm Selection of Oysters.

We got some oysters to start. There was a list of oysters on the menu, written like a mini wine menu. This was new to me because the only options I’m used to choosing with oysters are whether I want ½ a dozen or a dozen. Our waiter explained the different types and they all sounded divine. We tried a range of different oysters from the selection. Previously I thought that oysters were just oysters but each of those oysters had such varying characteristics, different tastes, different sizes, different textures. Wow! I like the small sweet ones over the mature textural ones but they were all really good.

Cumulus Inc. - Baked Chilli Mussels.

Cumulus Inc. – Baked Chilli Mussels.

Next up, baked chilli mussels. The mussels were individually presented with a tomato based chilli sauce that had a decent kick to it. It was then sprinkled with Parmesan breadcrumbs on top with a spot of aioli to put out the fire. They were delish!

Cumulus Inc. - Foie Gras Parfait w Toasted Brioche.

Cumulus Inc. – Foie Gras Parfait w Toasted Brioche.

The thickly sliced triangles of brioche were very light and buttery and had a nice crunch to it, divine just on its own. The foie gras parfait was decadent and perfectly smooth, a great pairing for the toasty brioche. It’s delicious in a small dose so you appreciate it. We had three people and ate too much each. I found that if you get greedy and eat too much of the fois gras parfait it starts to leave an oily feeling on the roof of your mouth (that layer of grease feeling you get when you eat a cold sausage roll). Lesson learnt, don’t be greedy.

 

Cumulus Inc. - Flounder w lentils, bacon and radicchio.

Cumulus Inc. – Flounder w lentils, bacon and radicchio.

We ordered the special on the night, which was Flounder with lentils, bacon and radicchio. It was truly delicious! It was the perfect meal for a cold winters night (well cold autumn night). It was comforting and delicious. It was like a lamb casserole but the fish version, layers and layers of complex flavours served in a humble way. It was moreish and full of amazing flavours that worked perfectly. The salty bacon, the bitter riddichio, the creamy lentils and perfectly cooked flounder made it a stand out dish.

Cumulus Inc. - Cracked wheat and freekeh salad, preserved lemon, barberries.

Cumulus Inc. – Cracked wheat and freekeh salad, preserved lemon, barberries.

We had trouble deciding on which salad to get because they all sounded good but we shortlisted them down to two salads. We were tossing up between the two options but our waiter informed us that we could get a half serve of one salad and a half serve of the other salad. This was grand, we got the best of both worlds. Yay! I was very excited about this. It was so accommodating. It was a great solution. We decided on the half serve of Cracked wheat and freekeh salad, preserved lemon, barberries, which was so delicious, it was a flavour sensation, there was so much going on, lots of textures and lots of flavours, but it all worked really well. The dollops of yoghurt really brought it all together.

Cumulus Inc. - Roasted pumpkin, pomegranate molasses, shanklish & toasted seeds.

Cumulus Inc. – Roasted pumpkin, pomegranate molasses, shanklish & toasted seeds.

For the other half serve we ordered the roasted pumpkin, pomegranate molasses, shanklish (middle eastern cheese) & toasted seeds. It was so sweet. It was literally big chunks of roasted pumpkin with all the ingredients sprinkled on top. It was so sweet and really delicious! I loved how the pumpkin was the star and the other ingredients changed it into an interesting and complex flavour combo.

Cumulus Inc. - Chocolate Mess, milk & cocoa nib cream.

Cumulus Inc. – Chocolate Mess, milk & cocoa nib cream.

For dessert we ordered the chocolate mess , which was a chocolate bonanza. Chocolate mousse, chocolate brownie, chocolate bits, chocolate everything! The ice-cream on top tasted a bit sour like a yogurt, which was good because the tartness offset all the rich chocolate tones. Very clever.

Cumulus Inc. - Madeleines filled with lemon curd.

Cumulus Inc. – Madeleines filled with lemon curd.

On the menu the madeleines say that they take 15 minutes, which I think is because they are made to order. Yum fresh! They looked beautiful sitting upon little beds of lemon curd. The delicate shell-shaped cakes were golden and crispy around the edges and a were soft and buttery in the middle with lemon curd centres. Delicious! These are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea to finish a wonderful meal.

The food was really delicious, and most of all, our experience was fantastic and memorable. There was a good flow of meals (a nice brief break between meals) and the service was great. I was especially excited about the oyster knowledge imparted. I was impressed with the presentation of the food and even more impressed once I tasted the food. It was all very exciting. Will definitely be back. Although sad the flounder is not permanently on the menu.  Loved it!

I heart Cumulus Inc.!

Olives x

Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Website: http://cumulusinc.com.au
Phone: 03 9650 1445
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-11pm Sat-Sun: 8am-11pm

 

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Happy Easter – Choc Cross Scones

Easter Pup and the Choc Cross Scones.

Easter Pup and the Choc Cross Scones.

Happy Easter! Hope you’ve had a lovely day filled with chocolate, family and fun stuff.

This year for Easter I decided to make Choc Cross Scones. Sort of like hot cross buns but a scone version. Good for those who don’t particularly like spiced bread or sultanas. I personally love hot cross buns (with tons of butter) myself, but this is a fun change to the old favourite. This recipe is so simple. Best Choc Cross Scones ever!

Ingredients 
3 cups of self-raising flour
1 cup of lemonade
1 cup of cream (and a little more to glaze the tops)
1 cup of chocolate chips (plus half a cup extra for the crosses)
A pinch of salt

Method
1. Preheat oven to 220C
2. Sift self raising flour about 3 times (makes them lighter) and add the salt.
3. Make a well in the middle and add the lemonade, cream and chocolate chips.
4. Mix together with a knife, knead gently until smooth (try not to handle the mix too much so they stay fluffy).
5. Cut the mixture into rounds (you can cut the circles using the top of a drinking glass) and place them on a lightly greased tray or on tray lined with baking paper.
6. Brush the tops with cream (to give them that golden colour)
7. Bake for 10-12 mins at 220C or until golden
8. Melt extra chocolate chips and pipe crosses over the top of the baked scones.

So simple and super delicious!

This is what they look like in the making. These are the little chocolate scones getting ready to go into the hot oven.

Choc Cross Scones in the making.

Easter – Choc Cross Scones in the making.

Here is the after oven shot. Yum! These Choc Cross Scones are delicious and can you see how they sort of look like hot cross buns. So cute and so Easter. This is a great after Easter recipe too. When you have too many chocolate eggs leftover, you can break up your chocolate Easter eggs into pieces and use them instead of chocolate chips. You can also melt down some chocolate eggs for the chocolate on top.

Easter - Choc Cross Scones.

Easter – Choc Cross Scones.

Here is me wanting to eat all of the Choc Cross Scones myself but I decided it’s best to share, since its Easter and all. They are best eaten fresh out of the oven. Yum!

Easter Mel - This Easter bunny likes chocolate and lots of it.

Easter Mel – This Easter bunny likes chocolate and lots of it.

And here is young Max feeling a little deflated after realising the Choc Cross Scones are ready for departure and will not be shared with him today. I’ve tried to tell him that chocolate is one of those ‘not for dogs’ foods but he doesn’t want to hear it.

Easter Max - Choc Cross Scones ready for departure.

Easter Max – Choc Cross Scones ready for departure.

Hope you had a fantastic Easter!

DId you make yummy treats this Easter?

I heart Easter!

Olives x

Red Spice Road

Red Spice Road - QV.

Red Spice Road – QV.

Last night we went to Red Spice Road to celebrate my mum’s birthday, we had a fantastic night. The décor was modern with a bit of funk, the staff were friendly and attentive and the food was amazing. We went to the QV location, which was quite a large venue. It’s perfect for a birthday dinner or a corporate lunch or anything really. The restaurant is dimly lit and these beautiful red lights are hung around the bar, which created a chilled ambience.

On the menu they had a list of entrées where you order per piece. I like that because everyone who wants one can order one. You can avoid that situation where there are three people at the table and there is a serve of four pieces. Who gets that forth piece?  You can also avoid that ‘you have it, no you have it’ conversation. First world problems, i know.

Red Spice Road - Bahn mi with Bia Ha Noi battered flathead, fennel slaw and siracha mayo.

Red Spice Road – Bahn mi with Bia Ha Noi battered flathead, fennel slaw and siracha mayo.

So for starters we ordered the ‘Bahn mi with Bia Ha Noi (Vietnamese beer) battered flathead, fennel slaw and siracha mayo.’ It was presented as an adorable little burger, the fish was soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, it was tasty.

Red Spice Road - Scallop with corn puree, cucumber, green chilli and soya beans.

Red Spice Road – Scallop with corn puree, cucumber, green chilli and soya beans.

I also had a onesie ‘scallop with corn puree, cucumber, green chilli and soya beans.’ It was incredible!! The scallop was cooked perfectly, the corn puree was smooth and creamy, the cucumber and soya beans gave it a freshness and added texture and the green chilli packed a punch. It was a really great start to the meal. Highly recommend.

Red Spice Road - Chilli salt drunken chicken w pineapple, tamarind dipping sauce.

Red Spice Road – Chilli salt drunken chicken w pineapple, tamarind dipping sauce.

We shared a bowl of ‘chilli salt drunken chicken with pineapple, tamarind dipping sauce.’ The chicken was delicious and crunchy and when dipped in the sauce it was a sweet, sour, salty explosion. Yum! And it wasn’t very spicy, so for those who can’t handle too much heat, you can probably handle these.

Red Spice Road - Pork belly w apple slaw, chilli caramel and black vinegar.

Red Spice Road – Pork belly w apple slaw, chilli caramel and black vinegar.

For main we ordered the ‘pork belly w apple slaw, chilli caramel and black vinegar’ and it was sensational. The pork belly melted in your mouth, the apple slaw gave the dish crunch, lots of coriander gave it freshness, the chilli caramel was sweet and spicy and the black vinegar helped cut through the fat and sweetness. It was a showstopper, definitely one of my favourite dishes of the night. Yum! Yum! Yum!

Red Spice Road - Wagyu shin slow-cooked in five-spice w mushrooms and smoked eggplant.

Red Spice Road – Wagyu shin slow-cooked in five-spice w mushrooms and smoked eggplant.

We also got the ‘Wagyu shin slow-cooked in five-spice w mushrooms and smoked eggplant.’ The beef was falling apart and the mushrooms were gorgeous. The sauce was good, it had a really intense beef flavour without being too salty.

Red Spice Road - Dessert Tasting Plate.

Red Spice Road – Dessert Tasting Plate.

For dessert we tried the dessert tasting plate. It was spectacular! To think we almost skipped dessert because we were full. Lesson learnt. We got to try a little bit of everything.  There was a deep fried sticky-rice dumpling, which had bits of banana and toasty sesame seeds sitting in a palm sugar caramel. This was yummy but a little heavy with the rice and the deep friedness. Then there was the ‘chocolate delice with praline,’ which was a smooth and decadent chocolate mousse with a hint of chilli. It was yum and the chilli  didn’t go unnoticed in fact after the mousse I went straight for the peppermint ice-cream to cool my palette. The scoop of ice cream was sitting on a bed of toasted coconut, so pretty.  Then there was caramelised pineapple, butter cake and Sang Som (Thai rum) ice-cream which sort of tasted like a pineapple bread and butter pudding which was nice. In a cup there was sago pudding (yum!) with mango bits and granite on top and last but not least a yummy salted caramel macaron.

We had a really great experience from the moment we walked in to the moment we walked out. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was outstanding. Definitely a restaurant I’ll be visiting again.

I heart Red Spice Road!

Olives x

Address: 37 Artemis Lane, Melbourne VIC (QV near the grass strip next to Papa Rich)
Website: http://qv.redspiceroad.com
Phone: 03 8660 6300
Trading Hours: Mon-Fri: 12-3pm (lunch), 6pm-late (dinner) Sat: 6pm-late Sun: closed

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Fa-Fah

Fa-Fah - Outside view.

Fa-Fah – Outside view.

Fa-Fah is a restaurant that specializes in Asian cuisine but in particular Asian roasts. There are three roasts to choose from. Roast Chicken, Roast Pork Belly and Char Siew – BBQ Chinese Dynamite. If you cant decide on which one you want, you can order ‘Double Happiness’ which is a choice of two of the roasts. Or if you’re like me, terribly indecisive (which can be frustrating for present company) ‘Triple Happiness’ is the go. It’s a mixed plate of all three roasts. What to order? Problem solved. I was triple happy that my decision on what to eat was so easily made.

Fa-Fah - Triple Happiness.

Fa-Fah – Triple Happiness (Roast chicken, Roast Pork Belly, Char Siew)

But then came the next dilemma. With the roasts you can choose out of three condiments. A sweet soy (my fave), chicken salt (which btw is amazing with the crispy eggplant) or chilli oil (with sesame seeds and spring onions). Again couldn’t decide, so I ordered all three condiments. Triple happiness x2.

Fa-Fah - Condiments (Chilli oil, sweet soy, chicken salt).

Fa-Fah – Condiments (Chilli oil, sweet soy, chicken salt).

The decor was exactly as the title describes, an asian kitchen. It had a modern vibe with Asian style. And you can smell the delicious food from the kitchen which excites your tastebuds before you even order.

Fa-Fah - Decor.

Fa-Fah – Decor.

We ordered the egg fried rice to eat with our roasts. It was really yummy.  I like extra egg when I order special fried rice so I was pretty pleased to see ‘Egg Fried Rice’ on the menu. It tasted just as I imagined. It was delicious and a perfect accompany to out roasts. They also had ‘Cereal Fried Rice’ with crispy cereal bits in the rice, which sounded interesting.

Fa-Fah - Egg Fried Rice.

Fa-Fah – Egg Fried Rice.

The crispy eggplant was delicious! The eggplant was cooked to perfection and the batter was light and fluffy with a crunch. Yum! They were amazing dipped in the sauce, sprinkled with chicken salt or just on their own. Loved them so much! If you’re in close proximity of Chadstone Shopping Centre, It’s definitely worth dropping by just to get a handful of these bad boys. They are incredible!

Fa-Fah - Crispy Eggplant.

Fa-Fah – Crispy Eggplant.

I am a big advocate of avocado smoothies and there are just not enough places in Melbourne that make this heavenly drink. Fa-Fah call it ‘Avocado Snow’, I call it Fricken Delicious! I love avocado smoothies and this one was perfect. It wasn’t too sweet and you could taste the fresh avocado. Yum!! They say on the menu that when you drink this you will wish it was snowing avocados. As much as I love avocados I will never wish it was snowing them, because that would be way too dangerous.

Fa-Fah’s menu is made like a newspaper titled Roast Express. That’s my mumsie in the photo reading the menu news.

Fa-Fah - Avocado Snow.

Fa-Fah – Avocado Snow. Mel 4 Avo Smoothies 4eva.

I really enjoyed everything I ate here and I will definitely be going back to try some of the other things on the menu. However it’s probably not a good idea to eat too much of the roasts on your own, because of the high fat content. The plates and most items on the menu are good for sharing. Fa-Fah is located in the outside area of Chadstone Shopping centre so you can easily drop by before, after or during your shopping escapade.

I heart Fa-Fah!

Olives x

Adress: Shop F018, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone (Outside area of Chadstone Shopping centre)
Website: http://fafah.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoFaFah
Phone: 03 9568 6600

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